Posts Tagged ‘Wacol’


Age:  45/46  (2016)

Location:  Brisbane/Qld   Mexico

Offence:  Vizzard fled overseas while on bail for 33 offences involving minors between 1997 & 2001. He went to Mexico where he raped three boys in the resort city of Puerta Vallarta.

Sentence:  Sentenced to 10 & 1/2 years by Mexican authorities. He was extradited to Australia in 2012 and has served a four year sentence on the original charges.

Other:  While in Mexico he converted to the Jehovah’s Witness religion and says that Bible study will stop him from reoffending. Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath, made a application to keep him behind bars indefinitely but Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Debra Mullins granted his release on strict conditions.


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Sex offender Christopher Charles Gardner caught in New South Wales

Fri 19 Sep 2014, 10:51am

Escaped sex offender Christopher Charles Gardner has been caught in New South Wales, police have confirmed.

The 29-year-old removed his GPS tracker and went missing from detention at Wacol in Brisbane’s west early this morning.

He was later found in the northern NSW town of Murwillumbah.

Gardner was being held at the Byron Bay police station and was expected to be extradited to Queensland.

Police had earlier urged anyone who saw Gardner not to approach him.

Under laws recently passed in Queensland, a one-year prison sentence was imposed on any sex offender who removed a monitoring device.

Sex offender Christopher Charles Gardner on the run after escaping Wacol detention

Fri 19 Sep 2014, 9:38am

A dangerous sex offender has escaped from detention at Wacol in Brisbane’s west.

Queensland Police and Corrective Services are looking for Christopher Charles Gardner who was reported missing overnight.

Police have urged anyone who sees Gardner not to approach him.

He was described as being 180cm tall, weighing 88kgs with a fair complexion, blue eyes, has blond hair with a purple streak and a clean-shaven face.

His tattoos include: a dot under the right eye; the letters CP and name “Marlina” on his left arm; “Cherise” on his right arm; a marking on a knuckle of his left hand; on the left leg a heart and the name “Jamal”; and on his right leg a cross and a yin and yang symbol.

He also has a scar below his left knee.


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Riddler, a long-term associate of Robert Fardon made allegations that Fardon was planning to flee from the Wacol prison. Fardon was arrested for breaching the conditions of his supervision order.

Rapist’s flood hero award revoked

Posted 11 Jun 2011, 10:42am

The Queensland Government has revoked an award given to a flood volunteer because the man is a convicted rapist and armed robber.

Bob Riddler was nominated for a local hero award after helping the Shiloh Christian Church at Goodna, west of Brisbane, during the January floods.

He removed rubbish and cleaned houses in the Ipswich suburb.

He had previously served 12 years in jail and had only been released in September last year.

Mr Riddler says the Corrective Services Department was aware of his volunteer work during the floods.

But four days after being invited to attend today’s ceremony to honour disaster heroes the invitation was rescinded.

A spokesman for premier Anna Bligh says it would be inappropriate for Mr Riddler to attend the event and receive the award.

However she says the Government applauds his efforts to turn his life around.

Debbie Kilroy, from the prison support group Sisters Inside, says the decision is outrageous.

“I’d be calling on the Government to change the decision and give this man the award that he duly deserves for his assistance in the disaster,” she said.

In March the department ruled Mr Riddler was unsuitable to work as a church volunteer when going to people’s homes on his own.

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UPDATE: 16th SEPT 2014

Robert John Fardon will be released back into community detention after lawyers for Qld’s A-G offered no evidence to the court.

Robert John Fardon arrested in Brisbane over alleged breach of supervision order

Tue 2 Sep 2014, 6:15pm

Convicted rapist Robert John Fardon has been arrested in Brisbane over an alleged breach of the conditions of a supervision order.

The 65-year-old has been living in community detention at Wacol in south-west Brisbane since being released in December last year

A source has told the ABC Fardon was planning to escape his home, which is under 24-hour surveillance.

He was taken into police custody this afternoon and the matter will be listed for an initial hearing in the Supreme Court as early as tomorrow.

Fardon has spent most of his adult life in prison after he was convicted of numerous sex offences against women and children.

In 2003, Fardon was the first person to be detained indefinitely under Queensland’s Dangerous Prisoners Sexual Offenders Act.

In December 2013, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie withdrew an application to keep Fardon in prison.

The decision came after the Court of Appeal declared sections of a new act, granting the Attorney-General power over sex offenders, was invalid.

Fardon’s supervision order was issued under the provisions of the Dangerous Prisoner (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003.


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Supreme Court Justice Peter Applegarth has ruled that Hancock be released into the Ipswich community on a 10 year supervision order. He will have to comply with a long list of conditions – including staying away form schools, not accessing the internet & 24 hour curfew.



Brisbane District Court gave a two year suspended sentence for possessing explicit child pornography.

Hancock was arrested when he went to an internet cafe and downloaded child pornography to a USB device.

Pedophile’s ‘excessive’ sentence slashed


July 16, 2010

A Brisbane pedophile has had his jail sentence slashed after the Queensland Court of Appeal agreed his prison term was excessive.

Graeme Paul Hancock, 25, was sentenced to 18 months jail in April when he pleaded guilty to indecent treatment of a child.

He had used his mobile phone to take a photograph of a naked four-year-old girl at South Bank parklands in June last year.

The offence occurred four months after Hancock was released from prison, where he had served five years behind bars for the sexual abuse of three children aged five, seven and nine.

At the time of his arrest at South Bank, he was subject to a restrictive supervision order under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.

The offence breached the order and he was put back in jail under the provisions of the Act.

In the Court of Appeal this morning, defence barrister Carl Heaton said the sentencing judge – even though he had ordered Hancock be eligible for parole after five months’ behind bars – had failed to take into account his client had spent 10 months in jail before he was sentenced.

Mr Heaton argued the 18-month sentence was manifestly excessive.

After a short adjournment, Court of Appeal Chief Justice Paul de Jersey and Justices Hugh Fraser and Richard Chesterman returned a unanimous decision to set aside Hancock’s sentence and replace it with a lesser jail term.

They ordered his jail sentence expire today, but acknowledged Hancock would not be released from prison as he was still subject to detention under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act.

That Act allowed the continued detention of particular prisoners for their control, care and treatment, or for their supervised release.

Justice De Jersey said the offence was “at the lower end of the scale” because there had been no physical contact with the child at South Bank and the child was unaware the photograph had been taken.

Paedophile jailed over naked girl pic

  • From: AAP
  • April 15, 2010 11:54AM

A MAN who took photographs of a naked girl at Brisbane’s South Bank had only recently been released from jail for raping two young children, a court has been told.

Graeme Paul Hancock, 25, was arrested on June 14, 2009, accused of using his mobile phone to take photos of a four-year-old girl playing naked in the shallows of the popular inner-city beach, the Brisbane District Court was told today.

Prosecutor Mathew Thompson told the court Hancock had only been released from jail four months earlier after serving five years for a string of child sex offences, including the rape of two young children.

He was released on a strict 15-year community-based supervision order under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act, which banned him from visiting public parks, or possessing child exploitation material, he said.

He breached his supervision order by committing this latest offence, and upon his arrest was returned immediately to jail, where he has spent the last 10 months.

Mr Thompson said that when confronted about taking the photograph, Hancock originally provided police with a false name and gave them a second mobile phone that contained no illegal images.

When they finally retrieved the offending phone, they found a second photo of two small children, which Hancock had taken on a train.

Hancock today pleaded guilty to one count of indecent treatment of a child under 12 and two of breaching his supervision order.

Judge Milton Griffin said he took into account the 10 months Hancock had already spent behind bars when sentencing him to 18 months’ jail.

He ordered Hancock be eligible for parole in September.

Pedophile Hancock to be kept in jail

Amelia Bentley

June 16, 2009 – 1:01PM

A tagged Brisbane sex offender who took photographs of a naked girl at South Bank Parklands at the weekend will be kept behind bars.

Graeme Paul Hancock, 24, made a brief appearance in the Queensland Supreme Court in Brisbane this morning, where he faced a charge of breaching a supervision order.

The order, which had 42 separate conditions designed to limit his behaviour and risk of reoffending, was placed upon Hancock after his release from prison in February this year for previous child sex offences, including rape.

The court was told Hancock breached four of the supervision order conditions when he was arrested by police at South Bank on Sunday after a complaint was made that he had taken photographs of a naked four-year-old girl playing on Streets Beach.

Police found Hancock with a mobile phone in his possession that contained images of the girl.

Justice Martin Daubney said the conditions breached included: not to commit an offence; not to commit an offence of a sexual nature; not to visit a public park and not to collect or retain images of children.

Hancock faced Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday charged with making child exploitation material and possessing child exploitation material. He applied for bail, but the application was adjourned until Thursday.

Justice Daubney today said he was bound by the law to order Hancock remain in custody unless he could provide “exceptional circumstances” to support his release back into the community.

Hancock’s lawyer, Soraya Ryan, from Legal Aid Queensland, said she could not provide the court with evidence of exceptional circumstances, meaning he must remain locked up.

Hancock made a brief appearance in court before the matter but was not present in the prisoner’s dock when the case was heard.

Yesterday, the Brisbane Magistrates Court was told Hancock, who wears an electronic ankle bracelet to monitor his movements, lived at a facility at Wacol, which held other former prisoners on supervision orders.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rebecca McDonald described him as a “serious, dangerous and sexual predator” who had a history of committing sexual offences against children.

He told police he could not control himself and if he saw a young girl wearing a skirt, he would have to look up it, she said.

The State Opposition yesterday questioned why a man with Hancock’s record was allowed to go free from prison without an attempt by the Attorney-General to seek indefinite detention.

Sex offender ‘filmed naked girl at South Bank’

Amelia Bentley

June 15, 2009 – 1:30PM

A convicted sex offender wearing an electronic tag told police he could not control his sexual urges when he was caught photographing a naked child at South Bank Parklands yesterday, a court has heard.

Graeme Paul Hancock, 24, described in Brisbane Magistrates Court today as a “serious, dangerous sexual predator”, was arrested about 1.30pm while allegedly using a mobile phone camera to photograph a five year-old girl.

The girl was naked as she played on the shoreline.

It was revealed during a hearing this morning Hancock had a history of committing sexual offences against children and had served time in jail.

Since his release in February, he has been living under a supervision order at a facility at Wacol.

He was charged following his latest arrest with making child exploitation material, possessing child exploitation material and contravening a supervision order.

Sergeant Rebecca McDonald said Hancock told police he couldn’t control himself and if he saw a young girl wearing a skirt he would have to try and look up it.

Sergeant McDonald opposed his release on bail on the grounds he posed a risk of reoffending.

“It would be a great concern for him to go back out into the community and allowed to be a predator to small children.”

Duty lawyer Caroline Hunter said Hancock, who suffers from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and Aspergers syndrome, wears an ankle bracelet to allow Corrective Services officers to monitor his movements.

Ms Hunter said she understood the Wacol facility in which he lived could tighten Hancock’s supervision restrictions so that he would not be allowed out.

Magistrate Linda Bradford-Morgan adjourned the bail application in order for more information about the facility to be obtained for the court.

A decision about his release will be made on Thursday.


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Foy has had his parole supervision order extended for a further three years, after the Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie made an application in the Brisbane Supreme Court, claiming he posed an unacceptable risk of reoffending.

Rickuss angry at paedophile move

Geoff Egan | 16th November 2011

MEMBER for Lockyer Ian Rickuss has questioned the State Government’s policy for placing sex offenders following a convicted pedophile’s brief placement to a property near Harrisville.

In a speech to State Parliament last night Mr Rickuss said the decision to place paedophile Mark Anthony Foy in the Scenic Rim town of Harrisville was an “inappropriate, stupid decision.”

Mr Rickuss said Foy was a “repeat offender” who was a “high risk” of re-offending.

“In 2001 Foy underwent a sex offenders program…The co-ordinator deemed there was still a high risk of Foy re-offending,” Mr Rickuss said.

“So after the expert information – what does the Corrective Services Minister do with Mr Foy?

“He imposes him on one of the smallest communities in south east Queensland – the small community of Harrisville.”

Mr Rickuss said the Foy’s employers during his Harrisville stay were unaware of his crimes.

“Even the resident who’s house Foy was living in and the people he was doing casual work for did not know what a creep Foy was.”

However Corrective Services acting commissioner Marlene Morison said Foy’s employers were aware of his crimes.

“She was made aware of the details of the offences and the ages of the victims,” she said.

“She stated that she was unsure of whether she wanted to take responsibility for housing a ‘paedophile’ and stated that she would need to reconsider her offer.

“The woman contacted Wacol staff the following day on 19 August, 2011, and advised she had spoken with her husband, and they decided to give offender Foy a chance at residing on their farm and working for them.”

Ms Morison said Foy had been located an appropriate distance from facilities where children would be present.

“The property was set on acreage approximately 3.5 kilometres from the centre of Harrisville, 2.3 km from the nearest Primary School.

“The closest parks were 5.9km and 6.6km from the property. The closest licenses premises was 2.6km from the property and the closest shopping centre was… 20.5km from the residence.”

Pedophile forced out

Geoff Egan | 4th November 2011

A CONVICTED pedophile’s brief settlement in a rural town near Ipswich has sparked outrage in the community.

Mark Anthony Foy, who has served jail time for a string of child sex offences, is believed to have been relocated to a property outside Harrisville, south of Ipswich, before being moved to “contingency accommodation” at the Wacol prison reserve on November 2.

Foy was jailed in 2001 for 12 counts of indecent treatment of children under 12 years old and one count of indecent treatment of a child under 16 years old.

A Harrisville Neighbourhood Watch meeting saw more than double its usual turnout as residents voiced their outrage.

Harrisville Neighbourhood Watch president Pam Lobwein said people were irate at Foy’s presence.

“People are very, very upset,” she said.

“They want him removed there and then, they want him removed and they don’t want him in the area.”

Ms Lobwein said while it is believed he is located outside of Harrisville he has been spotted, wearing a monitoring bracelet, in town and close to the school.

“Why is he allowed near the school?” she asked.

Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss said he was outraged a convicted pedophile had been placed in a small community such as Harrisville.

“(Harrisville residents) are bloody fuming,” he said. “It’s a small community; there is only one police officer out here at the moment.

“Why would you place someone with such a bad record as Foy in a town with so few facilities?

“It’s totally inappropriate to put them in places like Harrisville.

“You’ve got to question the process of where they place these blokes if Harrisville is an option.”

Department of Corrective Services acting commissioner Peter Bottomley said while an offender had been living in the area that person was moved.

“An offender subject to a community-based supervision order under the terms of the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act was living in approved accommodation in the Ipswich region,” Mr Bottomley said.

“The offender was under the supervision of Queensland Corrective Services, including electronic monitoring.

“The offender was yesterday (Wednesday) relocated to alternative contingency accommodation.”

Foy was found in breach of his supervision order in 2008 after being caught swimming in the Chuwar quarry with two teenage boys.,22049,25333278-5005941,00.html

Pedophile ‘keeps breaching supervision’

Article from: AAP

April 14, 2009 03:29pm

A NOTORIOUS pedophile is making a mockery of the justice system by continuing to breach his supervision order, a court has been told.

Mark Anthony Foy, 47, has been in custody since December last year for breaching his community-based supervision order for the fourth time.

He was arrested after a police officer caught him swimming with a 13-year-old boy at a waterhole at Chuwar, west of Brisbane.

Under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act supervision order Foy is prohibited from having contact with children under 16.

He was released from prison under the order in January 2005 after serving four and a half years’ jail for offences against nine children aged between six and 12.

The court was told this latest incident was the first breach of the order to have involved children.

Previous breaches involved drugs and alcohol, and failure to attend medical appointments.

The court was told Foy denies having approached the teenage boy at the waterhole, where he said he had been waiting for friends.

Since his arrest Foy has been assessed by a psychiatrist who concluded the latest breach did not increase Foy’s risk of reoffending.

However barrister Jeff Rowls, who appeared for Attorney-General Cameron Dick, said Foy’s repeated breaches showed a blatant disregard for the supervision order.

“A supervision order is only effective if its terms are complied with, and on this occasion Mr Foy has had three previous warnings,” he said. “It makes a mockery of the system of the act.”

Despite his concerns, Mr Rowls did not formally apply for Foy to be detained in custody indefinitely for the breach.

Justice Ann Lyons adjourned her decision about whether to return Foy to the community under the same order.

Convicted paedophile released after supervision order breach

Posted July 15, 2008 15:40:00
Updated July 15, 2008 15:39:00

A man convicted of molesting children has been freed by the Supreme Court in Brisbane after committing another breach of his supervision order.

Mark Anthony Foy was freed from jail in 2005 on an order under the Dangerous Prisoners Sexual Offenders Act.

He has been returned to custody on several occasions for breaching the order.

He was back before the Court again today after his latest breach, which involved the use of valium, doctor shopping to obtain the drug and failing to report to Corrective Services.

The conditions of Foy’s release were again varied, this time by Justice Margaret White, so that Foy must adhere to curfews and electronic monitoring as directed by Corrective Services.


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